Reflecting back on the men of my life…you’ve always been the first to shine out…like a Beacon on the shore…always calling me. Whenever I touch our memories…gently…hesitantly…I feel the joy of knowing that what we created still exists…gurgling sweetly at the core of my Soul. Of all who genuinely touched the very Heart of me and who made a real difference in who I became…it is your face, with that scruffy beard, that surges forth in my mind…pushing away all other thoughts…leaving only those moments of us together. It was you who ignited the Spiritual Fire within me…who taught me to ask questions and think deeply…who challenged me to not only think but to feel. You, my Love, made me want to become a better human being. And when you came into my dreams to reassure me…to tell me we would be together again…to explain why we had come to this time…and then shared how deep our soul-to-soul love was…did you know it would save me? I Pray I have honored your memory well, Dearest. Wherever you are, Daniel…I Remember you, my Beloved…I Remember you.
I share the beauty and sacredness of a true Brother in Spirit, Aaron Paquette:
“For All My Relations…
Always Give before you take.
It could be a gift, the tobacco, a prayer, a song, whatever you have. Give first before receiving.
Always be Kind.
You never know the journey someone else has had to take, and they don’t know yours. We all have burdens. If we are kind we lighten all our loads.
Always be in Prayer.
Thank the Creator for your life and for all life on this beautiful Mother Earth. Our time is short, but we can make our mark last forever.
Always live in your Purpose.
If you don’t know what it is, then serve. Serve others and your purpose will find you. But serve as a warrior, not as a slave. Serve to strengthen others through your example; do not weaken them by doing everything for them.
Always Honor the Hoop.
We live together, we die together, we laugh together and we cry together. No one is higher, no one is lower.
Always speak in your True Voice.
There is strength in you the world has never seen. Show your strength. Build it. Use it to create peace and as a blessing to those around you.
Always drink clean Water
Water is Mother Earth’s milk. Drink deeply many times a day and clean your body.
Always exercise your Body.
You have been given a vessel to house your spirit. Treat it with the deepest respect and give it the gift of health, stamina, and endurance.
Always Sleep deeply.
Sleep long and sleep deep, for it is in your dreams inspiration comes. Give the Creator ample time to speak to you.
Always, always Love Yourself.
If you will find one good thing about yourself and another and another, you will learn to fulfill your purpose. And when you love yourself, you will know how to honestly love another.
I dreamed that I came from a planet covered almost entirely by the Sacred Trees. For Eons, these Sacred Ones taught us the wisdom and traditions of many faiths from many planets. Long ago, it became our duty to carry these teachings throughout the stars to many nations. We have traveled far and sometimes, we have forgotten where our Home is. It is then that an Elder of our people will send out a ‘call’ to help us find the path home. Last night, I heard the ‘call’ and found my way home. 3 Elders stood on a platform of living trees and as I floated towards them, I noticed that they all wore a kind of turban and that their noses looked Mayan in nature. The Elder in the middle, folded his arms and nodded towards me, saying “Good! Now you know how to get Home. Do not forget.” And immediately, I was bounced back to my bed. The first thought that came to my mind after I awoke was “I am not from here! I do not belong here!”
My experience with the Redwood Elder that ‘spoke’ to me years ago is known. He told me that humans were beloved ones of the Standing Tall Ones. That they had seen us grow over the centuries and that we used to sit at their feet and listen to what wisdom they had to share. I was told much that day and it was given to me how to understand the Trees by how they communicate with us…and with each other. When I asked why was this the first time I had ever heard a Tree speak, the Elder said that, like our children, the younger trees had to ‘learn’ how to speak before they could talk to us. From that time on, I could hear the Standing Tall Ones speak to me in my dreams. Recently, a friend from “across the pond”, Gail, wrote to and told me that every time she saw a Tree, she would think of me and she gave me a new name:
It feels right and true…for I Honor the Standing Tall Ones!
I have wondered many times if the Spiritual Ancestors of this land…Turtle Island…speak to us at night in our Dreams…in our Prayers. Whispering to those of us who are truly open and seek to Honor the Creator…by truly caring for Mother Earth…acknowledging that All Relatives are truly our Brothers and Sisters…and seeking to return to a way of Respect, Generosity, Compassion…and most importantly…Balance. Perhaps those ‘Whispers’ (I’d called them Dreams) come to remind us that no matter what our physical DNA…it is the Spiritual DNA that is meant to guide us. So many of us were steered to the ways of the Red Road…not to make money off of a way of life…but to return the 2-legged to the true path of Spirit. I pray that I have heard, and honored, the Whispers of not only my Ancestors…but of my Spiritual Ancestors as well. Hetchetu. Haho.